Mariette Beaudoin. Hiking. April 28th , 2018.
Carry Water. Always carry your own water. If you are sure there will be water at your destination carry just slightly more than sufficient water to last until you arrive. Water is of greater importance than food to your survival. Always filter any water you find along the trail and that you are in need of using - unless the water is from a natural spring. If you can fix a long drinking straw to the water bottle so you can drink as you move the better.
Harness. If you are going on a mountain hiking trip then another important gear you will need is a harness. You can wear a harness just like a pair of pants and it will rest on your hips. While hiking you will need to use the harness for attaching yourself to the belay device or the rope and for carrying gear. A harness will act as a safety net for you while you are hiking over a mountain and make sure you wear it tightly enough so that if you end up flipped upside down you do not slip out of it.
Rope. The rope is a very important mountain hiking gear and for it you will be using a specialized rope. If you are lead hiking then you will tie the rope to your harness this way you will carry the rope with you as you ascend the mountain. You can place bolts and carabiners into the surface on the mountain in order to tack the rope onto it. This way if you are using a belay device and there is a hiker hiking below you will be able to catch your hiking partner in case of a fall.
Personally I prefer a good solid boot without anything too fancy. But really it is a case of experimenting with your preferences and trying on a few different styles and brands until you‘re happy with your choice. Once you‘ve got them spend a bit of time hiking regularly while breaking them in and soon enough you‘ll have a pair of hiking boots that will almost feel as though they‘re a part of your feet.
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